A Scoop of Magic – Summer Swirls With an Unexpected Twist

by May Sukyong Park

Hello Altenew friends!  Norine here with you today with a card design that has been percolating in my head for a bit and now that it has been “born” I can share it with you!  I'll be honest, the idea isn't original with me – none ever is – but came about as I walked on the street where I live, and passed a gift shop window with tissue paper puffs filling the tops of paper cones and the first thing I thought was, mmmm I'd like some cotton candy right now…. and then I thought, that would make a pretty card design!  And here we are!

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It's not quite tissue paper poms, but it's maybe even better?  I used the Summer Swirls stamp set, stamped the two cones in the set onto masking paper and cut off the bottoms but left the tops with a 1/4th” margin around the sides and top.

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Then I positioned the ice-cream masks where I knew I wanted the flowers to go, and stamped the three cones to line up below.  If I'd had (a lot) more time, I might have tried to figure out how I could mask and stamp the flowers and leaves too, for a truly single layered card, but I also think the extra dimension of the cut out and layered flowers and leaves is 100% lucious!

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Because I planned to use the vibrantly colored Watercolor Brush Pens to color these, I stamped on Strathmore smooth cardstock for a smoother blend of colors, but this could work just as nicely on watercolor paper I'm sure.  I stamped a couple of the blooms from the Perfectly Perfect stamp set and some blooms and leaves from the Flower Garden stamp set and paint/colored them all.

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I used a mix of the brightest shades of pink, purple and orange, laying down deeper hues in the corners and against edges where the shadows would lay, then used either a clean wet brush or a lighter shade of brush pen to draw the deeper pigment out toward the edges, and let the colors lighten and blend.

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Once the shapes were all dry, I fussy cut them and fiddled with the arrangements on the tops of the cones until I was happy. I used liquid adhesive to adhere them down, putting drops of glue only on the centers of each piece so that their edges could lift and have a more dynamic look.  I added a sentiment from the Versatile Vases stamp set, stamping with Obsidian Pigment ink and heat embossing with clear embossing powder as I had done for the cones and flowers.

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This kind of project is so fun and simple to create, and I hope you've been inspired to give it, or something similar, a try too!  Thank you for stopping by today and have a wonderful day!


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Renee VanEpps April 28, 2021 - 10:09 AM

Love when real life inspiration can be turned into a beautiful card! Super pretty!! Love the dimension and watercoloring :)

Cindy C. April 28, 2021 - 10:09 AM

So fun and beautiful!!

Pam P April 28, 2021 - 10:11 AM

This is such a cute idea for the cones as vases… I wish I was better at coloring 😢

Karen Brown April 28, 2021 - 10:15 AM

Such a cute idea! Love the card!

Carol Henderson April 28, 2021 - 10:16 AM

Norine, I just love your card! I actually had an ice cream cone last night, but I should have waited until today and settled for your beautiful card instead. It would have saved me the calories and I would have been able to enjoy the beauty of your creation for ever. You are one of my favorite artists!

Yolande Bergeron April 28, 2021 - 10:16 AM

Merci Norine
You have created a real summer refreshing bouquet. I love the creativity.

tara prince April 28, 2021 - 10:51 AM

so very pretty!!

Ann Taylor April 28, 2021 - 3:11 PM

Absolutely fabulous! Love the bright flowers and the adorable ice cream plant holders! I can hardly wait to borrow your idea. Love your work!

Karen Hale April 28, 2021 - 3:12 PM

WOW, what a unique and beautiful design…LOVE this card!

lpford1400 April 28, 2021 - 5:03 PM

This is awesome! Love it!

Maureen Reiss April 28, 2021 - 5:38 PM

Beautiful card!! Love your flower cones!!!

Denise Bryant April 28, 2021 - 8:40 PM

This is so pretty! Love it!

Sue D. April 28, 2021 - 10:25 PM

What a great card… love the concept and design, AND the beautiful coloring of your flowers. Thanks for the inspiration!

Kathy R April 29, 2021 - 5:59 AM

This card is awesome! So creative and unique, love the colors, thanks for sharing.

Esther April 29, 2021 - 9:56 AM

What a brilliant idea!! I absolutely LOVE your flower filled cones!

Valerie Fouladian April 29, 2021 - 1:55 PM

Brilliant idea, yes you could have masked it with the flowers, but it is so much better with the flowers standing off of the paper❣️ It really pops. A very cool idea.🤗

Karen Critcher May 1, 2021 - 8:28 PM

The cone card is happy with brilliant colors. I love it and will be making them soon.


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